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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name: Lucy S. Cook

    Country: Vancouver, Canada

    Current Global Engagement:  Lucy has over 15 years of experience in international communications and public relations.  She has worked and lived abroad and now resides in Vancouver, Canada.  She currently works as a Communications Consultant and heads the Penn Alumni Interview Program Committee for BC and Alberta.  In addition to her professional work, Lucy is busy starting up an organic garlic farm.  

    In the last 10 years, Lucy has been working for start-up technology companies and was the Communications Manager for BCNET where she was responsible for the organization’s rebranding.  

    Prior to Vancouver, Lucy worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC.  During her time at the Bank, she traveled to East Asia and the Pacific region frequently and was posted to East Timor as part of the assessment team after the country’s independence.  Before the Bank, Lucy worked for the Yomiuri Shimbun, the world’s largest daily newspaper, as a reporter covering the US State Department and the US Defense Department.

    Lucy received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and her Masters of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in 1997.  She is a proud mother of two children, Olivia and Maxwell, and is married to Dr. Richard C. Cook, cardiac surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital.

Q & A

  1. What book are you reading now?
    • I am currently reading Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall because I am addicted to historical fiction books.  I love how they stretch our imaginations.  But since I am almost finished it, Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance is also on my night table.

  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • My fondest memory of Penn was studying in Furness for the first time and taking in the atmosphere of the campus.  I really felt that I was at home in my new school.  But what I miss the most are: the Palladium, Billy Bob’s cheese steaks and Allegro’s pizza.

  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Vancouver is a great city for the active person who likes to sail or kayak in the ocean or ski or hike in the mountains.  We have it all here, outdoor activities, excellent cuisine, wonderful shopping and fun things to do if you are with your family or traveling alone.  But for sure the must-does are: Granville Island, Stanley Park, the Aquarium, Science World, the Museum of Anthropology and eating sushi and/or dimsum.

  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • I would have taken the time to meet more international students and participate in the international events and resources Penn has to offer.  In today’s global environment it helps to understand people from other cultures and backgrounds and to network abroad.  I regret not having learned more languages as well.

  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • I think my time in East Timor had the most impact on the international scene because I was there at a time when the country had just declared its independence from Indonesia and needed assistance from developed countries.  My job was to see that the world fully understood what was going on in the new country and how their aid money would help.  I was also involved on the ground with the East Timorese and helping them understand the assistance projects that were being implemented.

      But now here in Vancouver, my focus has shifted.  I have come to realize the importance of organic food and I am trying to make a difference in the way we all grow, source and promote our food.  What we eat not only affects us as individuals but also our environment, which in turn, affects us all.

  6. Who inspires you?
    • Madeleine Albright is one of the women that inspire me to do great things with my life.  She was the first woman to be appointed the US Secretary of State and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier this year.  She has accomplished so much in her life and I really look up to her because she is tenacious, yet sophisticated.

  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?

    • Definitely throwing toast onto Franklin Field and sitting in the horseshoe while watching the game.

  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.